Dr. Tony AlleyneFounder and Executive Director of Delaware College Scholars Wilmington, DE Award Year: 2022
Dr. Tony Alleyne is Founder and Executive Director of the Delaware College Scholars (DCS) program, a Black-created and Black-led nonprofit focused on ensuring that first-generation public high school students are prepared for and can succeed in competitive four-year colleges. Dr. Alleyne understands that a vast array of resources are offered by private schools to their students and works to level the playing field for public school students. His work has been effective, with 94% of those enrolled in DCS going on to a competitive four-year college, compared to only 8% of Delaware’s low-income students that do not participate in DCS. While DCS welcomes all races, Dr. Alleyne is keenly aware that his services will significantly impact Black and Brown students across the state. He brings these students together into cohorts where they live and learn together each summer and offers the opportunity for students of all races to authentically experience one another, in order to advance equity, inclusion and understanding for future generations. In addition to serving as ED of DCS, Dr. Alleyne serves on the Johns Hopkins University College Access Board, where he advises the university on admissions and how to better recruit and assist students. Dr. Alleyne has received many accolades, including the Jack Markell Leadership Award, Columbia University Teachers College Early Career Award, the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education’s Early Career Award of Merit, the Delaware Business Times’ 40 Under 40 distinction and the Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools’ MLK Jr. Middle School New Teacher of the Year award.